Simran Claire is a Punjabi-Canadian mezzo-soprano and creative based in Vancouver, BC.
Her artistic practice is rooted at the intersection of innovation and tradition, with an emerging focus on multidisciplinary work. She is proud to represent her community in the white-dominated spaces of opera and art song.
This past February, Simran released Dadima (Pacific Opera Victoria), a short film exploring her identity, heritage, and lineage using the framework of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. Her creative debut was praised as “utterly moving, disorientating in a beautiful way, like uncovering a cultural bias you didn’t know you had,” (Opera Canada).
Simran was a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2019, and has sung with companies including Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Opéra Royal de Versailles. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BMus, MMus) and is a recipient of the UBC Medal in Music, the faculty’s highest graduating award. Simran is also a trained bhangra and bollywood dancer, and a self-taught quilter.